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AMERICAN ART NEWS 



AMERICAN ART NEWS 



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at New York Post Office under the Act, 
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Vol. XVII. 



September 13, 1919 



No. 38 



CHANGE OF ADDRESS 
When a change of address is requested, 
ooth the new and old address should be 
given. Two weeks' notice is required for 
changing an address. 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT 

This is the last of the "off season" 
monthly issues of the AMERICAN 
ART NEWS for the current year. The 
regular weekly issues will be resumed 
with that of October 11 next when a 
new volume (No. XVIII) will begin. 
Old and new subscribers who may 
wish to have the journal with the open- 
ing of the coming art season in 
America, so that they may be continu- 
ously posted on art happenings the 
world over, every' week of the season, 
should send in their renewals with re- 
mittance. 



THE AUGUST BURLINGTON 

A recently discovered Madonna by 
Luca della Robbia is reproduced as 
frontispiece of the August number of 
the Burlington Magazine, with descrip- 
tive text by Giacomo de Nicola. "A 
Painting of Emperors and Princes of 
the House of Timur" is the subject of 
an interesting paper by Laurence Bin- 
yon and T. W. Arnold. Tancred Bo- 
renius writes on a Virgin and Child by 
the XVI century painter Lambert 
Rycx, now in the M. C. Frisk collection 
at Stockholm. A rare example of East- 
ern weaving, "A Silk and Gold Carpet 
in the National Museum, Stockholm," 
is ably described by E. G. Folcker. 
Part XII of Campbell Dodgson's series 
on "Recent Acquisitions for Public 
Collections" deals with Durer's "Christ 
the Man of Sorrows," purchased for the 
British Museum at a recent Christie 
sale, and drawings by Aubrey Beards- 
ley and Richard Ladd, donated to the 
Museum by the National Art Collec- 
tions fund. 

R. L. Hobson continues (Part VI) 
his essays on the "Eumorfopoulos Col- 
lection," devoting the present essay to 
"Tang Pottery." An excellent paper 
on "Mastic Varnish" by C. J. Holmes 
gives much useful information on pic- 
ture cleaning. Two recent acquisitions 
by the National Gallery, "A Mosaic 
Panel" and "The Beaumont Family," 
by Romney, are dealt with in the clos- 
ing article, Part XIII of Mr. Dodson's 
series. 

The Burlington can be obtained from 
James B. Townsend, American agent, 
15 E. 40 St., New York City. 



THE SEASON'S PROSPECTS 

While it is still perhaps, a month too 
early to make any positive predicition 
as to the coming art season, there are 
not wanting signs, lacking the past 
few years, even at this early date, 
which, unless some utterly unexpected 
business depression or other catas- 
trophe should befall, would indicate 
the most prosperous times in the art 
trade since 1913. There are to be sev- 
eral new galleries opened by prominent 
dealers on Fifth Avenue, and there is 
an unquestionable early and unprece- 
dented demand for art works and es- 
pecially pictures, on the part of the 
dealers, who complain that the problem 
now before them is not only to dispose 
of the old stocks carried through the 
war years, but to replenish these with 
new and fresh material. The several 
American dealers who have gone 
abroad the past three months report 
that it is almost impossible to" find good 
works in France and England, even at 
high prices — and the scarcity of good 
art and its high cost was proven by 
the success of the sales in London and 
Paris .last spring and early summer. 
American artists who have been com- 
ing into their own during the war years 
report an unusual demand for their 
recent work, and • their prices are 
stiffening all the time. 

Even . dealers who, until recent 
years, had paid no attention to Ames- 
ican art, now find it a profitable com- 
modity, and those Who have dealt in 
American pictures partially or exclu- 
sively have reaped rich reward even 
during the war years. 

It is plainly evident that the season, 
in any event, will be a good one for 
American artists and the collectors and 
lovers of and dealers in their art. 



Brooklyn's New Art Club 

During the- summer a number of Brooklyn 
artists organized what is to be known as the 

i Brooklyn Watercolor Club, which purposes 
giving exhibitions from time to time along 
the lines -followed by the Brooklyn Society 

i i-i Lienors. The membership is to be made 
up of Brooklyn and Long Island painters, 
and that a high standard will be set and 
maintained by, the club is assured to the 
art loving public by the past performances 
of the painters who have identified them- 
selves with this movement. 

, It is the intention of the club to vie with 

. the N. Y. Watercolor Club and the Ameri- 
can Watercolor Society in holding the in- 
terest of the public of the Greater City and 

i for that reason, the greatest dscretion is 

, ..< ■ ;rfd in selecting its membership. 

I Among the members are the following: 

I P. Irving Ballou, William J. Boylan, 
Maurice C. Debonnet, Benjamin Eggleston, 
Hamilton Easter Field, Walter Farndon, 
Alexandrina R. Harris, Mrs. Katherine A. 

t Hurlbert, A. M. Hopfmiller, Harry Hering, 
Henry A. Lambert, Mary Langtry, Louise 
B. Mansfield, Howard Notman, Joseph New- 
man, Maude Purdy, William A. Patty, 
B. Rasmussenj Samuel Rothbort, Thomas 

iW. Shields, W. E. Spader, Mary Spencer,. 
Clara Stroud, Herbert B. Tschudy, W. C. L. 

i White, . Edmund Weil, Bertha E. Baxter, 
Miss Dee Beebe, Frederick K. Detwiller, 
William Leslie Crump, Whitney M. Hub- 
bard, Albert A. Munro, May S. Merriless, 
Beulah E. Stevenson, Lawrence Palmer 
Skidmore and Frederick J. Boston. 

Painting, bv W. A. Sinclair. The Four 

Seas Co., Boston, 1918. 

This little opuscule on what the author 

' ■ rp.lls the "Sunborn Art" is pleasant 

reading and a welcome addition to the 

| -'even Arts Series. Mr. Sinclair writes con 
amore and conviction on the painter's art, 

| - if Irs optimism with regard to certain 

, current tendencies may seem somewhat ex- 
cessive to those who fail to discover in 

| the "revolt against the tyranny of tradi- 
tion," all the promise for future achieve- 
ment that he discerns in it, yet one lays 
down the little volume with a feeling that 
,1.-, ^-,0,^5 W ere inspired by a true lover of 
painting. 



The "Exploitation of Blakelock." 

Mr. Horace Brodzky writes the N. Y. 
Eve. "Post" as follows: 

"Apropos of the recent Blakelock fuss, I 
consider it an insult to a man like the de- 
ceased artist (and equally so to the whole 
profession) that this disgusting exploitation 
continue. 

"Blakelock was not a great artist. The 
dealers will differ with me for obvious rear 
sons. His work was mediocre, and certainly 
no higher than the average lithographic 
artist. We all know that Blakelock was and 
is being boomed and lauded for purely busi- 
ness purposes, and all out of proportion to 
his real worth. Business does not stop at 
anything. Exploiting a man's insanity is 
disgusting. Exploiting a man's death is 
equally so, but the dealers will continue to 
work with the 'pathetic Blakelock story' so 
Jong as they have his paintings to sell. Is 
it not time that we express dignity toward 
our art, and not consider it as a commodity 
such as butter, eggs, or. sugar? Wouldn't it 
be better if some of the men who are fum- 
ing about Blakelock today would dig out 
some living talent, to whom a little assis- 
tance would be of great advantage, and 
prevent them from securing 'fame' in this 
rather dubious way? 

"Who would have thought two or three 
years ago that that 'worm' the actor would 
at last turn? He is also an. artist and 
creator. I prophesy that it will not be long 
before the real artists of America will drive 
their 'managers' and dealers out of the tem- 
ple with all their cheap and sordid exploita- 
tion and their oppression of the artist." 
[While agreeing with Mr. Brodzky 

that there has been far too much "ex- 
ploitation" of Blakelock and his works 
the past few years, his intemperate 
strictures upon the dealers for such 
"exploitation" are both undeserved and 
unjust. The dealers were not responsi- 
ble for the taking of the poor old insane 
man out of 'the asylum, where he was 
comfortable and, we are told, content, 
the parading of him through the gal- 
leries, and the continued and persistent 
advertising of him through sensational 
stories such as "A Conspiracy of Deal- 
ers," "A Band of Hired Assassins'," 
etc., which the Art News and the very 
force of opinion among the dealers 
themselves finally put a stop to. The 
entire Blakelock campaign savored so 
much of self -advertising on the part of 
certain parties, whose motives we have 
never been able to understand, that it 
fell of its own overdoing. 

The Art News, with the reputable 
dealers, had every sympathy with the 
aged and insane artist now gone to his 
rest, but none with the ill-advised per- 
sons who took him at his advanced age 
out of his retreat and plunged him into 
pitiless publicity. It all may have been 
well intended, but it seemed to us and 
to many friends of Blakelock, a sad 
mistake. The dealers naturally, being 
business men, profited by the enhance- 
ment in value of the painter's work 
which the advertising of his frailty and 
career brought, but. they were not in 
any way responsible, as Mr. Brodzky 
charges, for his "exploitation." As to 
the merit of Blakelpck's painting* we 
consider some of it overrated, but he 
was far from being a "mediocre" artist 
as Mr. Brodzky calls him, and while he 
had a mannered and at times monoto- 
nous, if rich, color palette, he rose to 
heights, almost of inspiration, at times. 

By the way — what has become of the 
Blakelock Fund for the support of the 
aged artist and his family, of which 
so much was published at one time? 
Now that the artist has passed, would 
it not be a graceful act on the part of 
the custodians of this fund to make 
some publication as to its disposition? 
This would interest the art public and 
surely the subscribers to said fund. 

—Ed.] 



OBITUARY 
Herbert T. Ward 

Herbert T. Ward, American sculptor, 
and explorer, died at the American Hospital 
at Neuilly, France, Aug. 2 last. Mr. Ward's 
illness was brought on by exposure whije 
accompanying Herbert Hoover on an auto- 
mobile trip from Bucharest to Belgrade. 
He was 57 years old. 



Floyd Wilding Triggs 
Floyd Wilding Triggs, artist and cartoon-' 
ist, d.ed at Stamford, Conn., Aug. 25 last, 
aged 47. He is survived by a widow and 
two sons, was a graduate of the University 
of Minnesota and had been connected with 
the Chicago Art Institute. He was a car-' 
toonist on the Chicago Daily News pre- 
vious to coming to Darien Conn., in 1930. 
Later he did cartoon work for the N. Y. 
"Press" and the "Christian : Science 
Monitor." 



Edouard Houssin 
The city of Douai has lost one of her 
most justly loved and esteemed artists by 
the death of the sculptor Edouard Houssin, 
which occurred last month at his Paris 
studio, 31 rue Denfert-Rochereau. From 
1873, when he first exhibited at the Salon 
des Artists frangais, his. numerous sculp- 
tures obtained constant recognition and in 
1887 and 1889 he was awarded Medals 
(hors concours) by the Paris Salons^ by 
the Melbourne Exhibition of 1888 and the 
Paris Universal Exhibition of 1889. He 
was professor of sculpture at the School 
of Applied Design of the National Manu- 
factory of Sevres. 



Ernest Casini 
The passing of another well-known 
sculptor, Ernest Casini, a member of the 
Societe des Artistes frangais, is announced 
from Caen, at the age of 72 years. Mr. 
Casini, recently executed a bust of Marshal 
Joffre and a medallion of Cardinal Amette. 
He obtained "honorable mention" at »the 
Exhibition of 1888 and again at the Uni- 
versal Exhibition of 1900. 



M. Andre 

M. Andre, a well-known Paris art dealer, 
died last month at La Ferte-sous Jouarre. 



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Paul Berthet 

From Germany comes the announcement 
of the death of the sculptor Paul Berthet 
who executed the monument to J. J. Rous- 
seau in the Place du Pantheon. 



Only Four Resigned 

Editor American Art News, 

Dear Sir: - \ 

In two letters recently published in your 
paper is the statement that there is a report 
of 40 resignations from the National Asso- 
ciation of Women Painters and Sculptors 
since the last exhibition. ; 

There were only four resignations. 
National Association of Woman Painters 
and Sculptors 
215 W. 57 St., N. Y. 
Sept. 6, 1919. The Executive Board. 



Wins Poster Prize 

The $200 prize for a poster symbolizing 
industry and ar.t co-ordinated, for use in 
connection with the St. Louis Exposition of" 
Industrial Arts and Crafts, was. awarded 
to Harland Home Frazer. Some 48 designs 
were submitted. 

Frazer, two years ago, while still a stu- 
dent at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts, 
won a similar poster competition with con- 
servation for the theme. He recently re- 
turned to St. Louis after discharge from 
the Great Lakes Naval Training Station. 



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Bookplate Society's New -Book 
The American Bookplate Society through 
Alfred Fowler, its secretary-treasurer. 
17 Board of Trade Building. Kansas City, 
Mo., announces the early publication of "A 
Directory of Bookplate Artists." The edi- 
tion is limited to 250 copies and the price 
will be fifty cents per copy, postpaid. 

B'Tleson Modernizes Franklin 
Benedict Anton Osnis has painted a full- 
lens-tb presentment of Benjamin Franklin 
seated at his desk when postmaster in the 
colonial days, for the office of Postmaster- 
General Burleson at Washington. 

The portrait cost a small fortune to be- 
produced. The search for the proper at- 
mosphere and local color consumed three 
months and has taken Mr. Osnis and his 
assistants all over the eastern part of the 
country and into museums and into private 
families wherever the best collection of 
revolutionary relics was to be had. The 
artist had to build in one corner of his 
studio a scene to obtain the color value and 
arrangement. Mr. Burleson wanted a picture 
of Franklin as he appeared when he was 
pastmaster, but as all the portraits of 
Franklin extant made him appear as -an 
old-time bewigged and powdered govern- 
ment official, it was the desire of Burleson 
that the philosooher should be painted' 
TnJn,-<i w'-sr pnd oowder and should appear 
as an everyday American executive.